Texas A&M baseball strength coach Jeremy McMillan cites ten reasons why you should wear adidas adiPure Trainers in the weight room. “You have ten toes working as single units instead of the ball of the foot and the front of the foot working as one singular unit,” he says.
That, in essence, is the sole purpose of the adiPure Trainer, the newest and most innovative barefoot training shoe: to activate and engage all the small, stabilizing muscles in the feet and lower body to improve balance, facilitate more force production and, most important, reduce the risk of injury (check out STACK’s own preview and wear-test of the adiPure Barefoot Trainer).
For baseball players, the adiPure Trainer is the ideal tool for helping to build strength from the ground up, establishing the foundation for McMillan’s baseball training program at Texas A&M. He says, “In order for an athlete to be powerful and create good acceleration, you have to have a strong base, which is strength-oriented.” Once that base of strength is solidified, the goal is “to teach the athlete how to apply force into the ground through a single leg at a time.”
The Front-Foot Elevated Reverse Lunge and Power Step-Up, two single-leg exercises the Aggies perform in their adiPure Barefoot Trainers, are designed to increase lower-body body power output, resulting in more power at the plate, a stronger throwing arm and more explosive movements for fielding and running the bases.